Stephen F. Austin nearly reaches century milestone in rout of overmatched NAIA opponent

Stephen F. Austin delivered the biggest blowout of the 2022 college football season on Saturday night.

The Lumberjacks beat the Warner Royals 98-0 in a game that was a rout even before the end of the first quarter. Stephen F. Austin had 35 points after the first quarter and led 59-0 at halftime.

Stephen F. Austin competes at the NCAA’s second-tier FCS level. Warner University, located in Lake Wales, Florida, is an NAIA school and plays three tiers lower than the Lumberjacks.

The SFA had eight passing touchdowns as the four quarterbacks who saw combined playing time to go 29 of 35 for 478 yards against a clearly outmatched Warner secondary. The SFA rushed the ball just 17 times and averaged over seven yards per run on those attempts. Twelve different players caught a pass for the Lumberjacks and four had at least one catch for 30 yards or more.

Warner, meanwhile, had less than 150 yards in attack. The Royals rushed for just 27 yards as QB Cohen Begue was repeatedly sacked. Warner had just nine first downs to the SFA’s 28 and turned the ball over four times. The SFA were so dominant that they scored those 98 points despite having the ball for just over 20 minutes.

And believe it or not, the Lumberjacks’ production didn’t set the record for most runs scored in a single game. This record is still held by Portland State as the Vikings put 105 points over Delaware State in 1980. Portland State is also part of the FCS record for most combined points in a game when they lost 73-68 to Weber State in 2007.

The loss is the fourth blowout Warner has also suffered this season. The Royals are 0-4 and entered the game outscored 145-32 through their first three games in losses to Kaiser University, West Florida and Florida Memorial University.

Stephen F. Austin scored 98 points against Warner University.  (Photo by Simon Asher/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Stephen F. Austin scored 98 points against Warner University. (Photo by Simon Asher/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

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